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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Privatizing Foster Care May Hurt Kids More Than it Helps

On Thursday, members of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services heard five hours of testimony from judges, family advocates, foster parents, and social workers on a sweeping bill to reform the state's Child Protective Services program. While most embraced the state's interest in revamping CPS — an overburdened system found guilty of ignoring thousands of at-risk foster kids — many raised concerns about one of the bill's promises: Handing over a foster child's rights to a private contractor, instead of a state caseworker.


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